Hanover Journal
5 June 1907

The Hanover Band

Was reorganized Monday evening on a strictly business basis and will transact its affairs in future in this manner without regard to age, sex, or color.

The members of the new band are, Chas. Miller, Leader; Thurman Miller, Secretary; Leslie Speer, Treasurer; John Calvert, President; Harry Hurst, Business Manager; John White, Elmer Dawson, Marshall Nesbitt, Raymond Dawson, Joseph McCann, Donald Miller, Wallace Calvert, Henry Schwantz, William Shipton, Paul Miller. All former members of the band whose names do not appear in the above list are not now considered members of the band.

The Hanover band has had an offer to play at Elizabeth on July 4th.

The Pitcher Phone Co. expects to put in four or five new phones for farmers in the vicinity of Blanding soon.

There are three things which it is said a woman can make out of nothing. They are a hat, a salad and a fight.

While playing ball a couple of weeks ago Mr. Clint Farwell injured one of his knees so badly that he was obliged to call a physician who found that the bone was injured quite severely.

We understand that the Hanover band is negotiating with the people of Potosi, Wis. in regard to an engagement to play there on July Fourth, and they also have an offer from Elizabeth to play there on that date.

Our neighbors at Elizabeth are going to have a big celebration on July Fourth and have already raised over four hundred dollars with which to make the eagle scream on Independence Day, and if the weather is good they ought to have a big crowd.

We are in receipt of an invitation to attend the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Reunion at Warren, Ill., Thursday, June 20th. This will be the 25th annual reunion of the soldiers and sailors of Jo Daviess County, and every preparation has been made to make it a thorough success, and it is highly probable that many of the former boys in blue from this section will attend.

Marshal Straitt was busy last week cutting weeds and grass out of the streets, but when it comes to repairing the old wooden sidewalks, Charley says that it’s too much for him, as there’s nothing left to nail a plank or board to. More cement walks are what is needed and it would be cheaper to borrow the money to put them in than to throw it away on plank walks at the present price of lumber.

Mrs. MaryCalvert is still very low at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Chapman.

There was a family reunion at the home of Mr. Nicholas Peschang Sunday when his children and grandchildren gathered to spend the day and eat dinner with their parents and grandparents.

Mrs. Harriet DeGear died at her home on Sand Prairie early Monday morning after an illness of several months. The funeral was held from the family residence Tuesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Lost Mound Cemetery. Mrs. DeGear was an old resident of this section and well known in this vicinity. The obituary will appear next week.

Mr. and Mrs. James Philamalee are the parents of a baby daughter who arrived at their home early Monday morning.

Messrs. Paul Miller and Matt Statham now sport new bicycles which they secured at small cost to themselves, although the wheels are said to be good ones.

The commencement exercises of the Hanover High School class of 1907 will be held in the Hanover Opera House Friday evening, the 7th of June, 1907. No charge for admission, and if you want a seat it would be well to go early, and then you couldn’t get a comfortable seat in the opera house for there are none there, just a lot of old wooden chairs too close together for ordinary sized people to sit upon without holding their arms over their heads.

Mrs. Sarah Goldthorp of Stockton visited her daughter, Mrs. Clara Eadie last week, and called on several Hanover friends while there.

12 June 1907:

The Commencement Exercises of the Hanover High School were held in the Town Hall last Friday evening, and although the weather was threatening the hall was quite well filled.

The front of the stage was decorated with pink bunting and evergreen, neatly festooned in the form of an arch. At the rear of the stage were the figures, “1907”, in pink. There were pink roses, green palms and other flowers on both sides of the stage, as the class colors were pink and green and the class flower, the pink rose.

The exercises were opened by an overture from the orchestra, entitled “Silver Bells,” which was exceptionally well rendered. The orchestra consisted of Messrs. John White, Chas. Miller, Harry Hurst, Thurman Miller and Marshall Nesbitt, with Miss Nona Nesbitt as pianist.

Rev. H. J. Collins offered prayer, and he was followed by Miss Ida Eadie with a vocal solo entitled, “Summer”. Mrs. G. W. Dawson playing the accompaniment. Miss Eadie exhibited much culture and sang the rather difficult solo in a very clear and pleasing manner.

Miss Manda C. May, was the first of the lady graduates to deliver her oration, entitled, “The Maid of Orleans,” and the young lady’s work was exceptionally good, and right here it might be proper to say that all the orations were excellent, and it is simply impossible to say which was the best, even if we had the desire to do so, for as usual in such cases some of the orators did better than others in some particulars and not as well in others.

Miss Gertrude Miller gave a piano solo, “Hark, Hark! The Lark”, a very pretty and difficult selection by Schubert. The lady gave a good rendition of the selection.

Miss Agnes White’s oration was called, “The Courage of Leadership,” and her inflections were remarkably good and clear showed that she understood the thoughts which she wished to bring out.

The orchestra rendered “Valse Bleue,” in a very acceptable manner.

The title of Miss Luelia Chapman’s oration was, “For the Gods to Look At,” and the young lady displayed considerable thought along lines which the average young lady has seldom given any consideration. Like her predecessors, Miss Chapman’s oration was excellent.

Miss Nona Nesbitt then rendered a piano solo called, “Rustle of Spring,” and showed exceptionally good technic and her runs were almost without a flaw, and the lady certainly did herself much credit by her artistic work on the piano.

Miss Irene Foltz had a rather difficult subject for an oration in, “The Great Stone Face,” but she handled the subject cleverly, and as she has a strong voice of more than ordinary volume the lady did not have to exert herself to be heard in all parts of the hall.

Miss Elva Rue Winter gave a vocal solo entitled, “My Dreams,” in a manner which convinced all who heard her that she h been improving the training she has recently received in voice culture.

Superintendent R. F. Evans then made an address to the audience and class which contained many trite and undoubtedly true sayings, and he also forced several undeniable facts upon our people concerning their schools which they will do well to heed, for as he said, if the parents do not take an interest in the education of their children they can hardly expect other people to feel as deep an interest as they might. Prof. Evans also gave the class some facts to ponder and consider, and closed his remarks by presenting the four lady graduates with their diplomas.

Rev. Thomas McGregor pronounced the benediction and the orchestra closed with a selected medley and the commencement exercises of 1907 are now a thing of the past.

The Hamilton piano used was furnished through the kindness of Herbert White.

To Whom It May Concern:

Any person keeping or harboring my daughter, Katie will have to pay either her or me wages.
Thomas Gilbert

Mr. William Noton’s barber shop has been repapered and now presents a very neat appearance.

Cards are out announcing the coming nuptials of Mr. David F. Matchett of Chicago, and Miss Jennie Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore of Elizabeth Township. The wedding will be celebrated at five o’clock Wednesday evening, June 19th.

The Stockton News says that of the 87 pupils who took the examination for the finals recently held by Co. Superintendent of schools, only 24 passed, and only one passed in Hanover township, and this was Florence Sayles, Miss Sophia Bennett teacher. The highest mark was secured by Joseph Doll of Apple River township with 92 and 5-9 per cent. Among those who passed in Elizabeth township was Leslie Rayenscraft, who is certainly much younger than most of the pupils who passed.

Cards are out announcing the coming nuptials of Mr. Jason Kieffer of Hanover and Miss May Williams, of Mt. Carroll. The ceremony will take place at 7:30 Thursday evening, June 20th.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bearsley are the parents of an eight pound daughter who arrived Monday morning. Charley will continue to jerk lightning at South Hanover just as though nothing had happened out of the ordinary, and as he is night operator he won’t have to walk the floor with baby during the stilly hours of the night, so there’s some advantage in having an all night job.

Mr. Walter Calvert was an Elizabeth visitor last Thursday.

19 June 1907:

Rain and hail yesterday.

There are said to be three cases of smallpox in the family of Mrs. Caroline Pratt residing between this place and Elizabeth, and the family has been quarantined.

The Hanover band has been engaged to play at Savanna on July 4th and it is highly probable that a goodly delegation of Hanoverians will follow their band on that date.

Have you seen Henry Schwantz’s new straw hat? It is the very latest model with patent applied for, and if we are not mistaken every lady in town will be looking for one of the same style before the month is out.

The Ladies Missionary Society of the U. P. church held a social at the home of Mrs. John Hanna last Friday afternoon, about 75 people attending. A sumptuous supper was served on the lawn, and everybody had an excellent time as the gathering was large, the weather fine and the supper all that could be desired.

Ways to Beat Blankets:

After blankets have been washed and hung on the line and have thoroughly dried beat them with a carpet beater. The wool will become light and soft and the blanket like new.

Mr. E. C. Coombs attended the Iowa State Encampment of the G. A. R.’s at Dubuque last Thursday and Friday.

Messrs. John Calvert and Joe McCann were Galena visitors Sunday.

26 June 1907:

While on their way from Hanover, to their home in Apple River last Friday morning, Mr. and Mrs. John Speer, met with what might have proven to be a serious accident. When near Eby’s Mill at Elizabeth, their horse was frightened by a steam whistle and turned so quickly that the carriage was upset, throwing Mr. and Mrs. Speer and their baby boy entirely out of the vehicle. Neither the gentleman or lady was injured, and although the baby was thrown quite a distance, the little fellow was laughing when picked up, and seemed to think the whole matter a joke. Mr. Speer telephoned to his parents, from Elizabeth that no damage had been done either to themselves or the horse and carriage.

The Hanover band has decided not to play at Savanna on the Fourth of July.

Miss Myrtle Robinson caught a four pound pickerel one evening last week and it was about all the young lady could do to land the fish.

The Elizabeth News says that Robert Keenan of that place recently found a pearl in Apple River which weighs 10 grains, and is said to be worth anywhere from two to five hundred dollars.